Australian Heritage Festival: The Victorian Kitchen

Rippon Lea's kitchen complex is a time capsule: a rare surviving example of a 19th century kitchen complex. The kitchens were abandoned in the 1930s and offer a glimpse into the lives of those who lived 'below stairs.'

Tours run at 1.00pm,  2.00pm & 3.00pm

The original basement kitchens were enlarged by the Sargood family as part of their 1882 extensions to the original mansion. They remained in full operation 50 years, when a new kitchen was installed on the ground floor of the mansion. Tours of the Victorian basement kitchen includes seven rooms – the Servants’ Sitting Room (which was converted into a Laundry in the 1930s), Scullery, Kitchen and Cool rooms, Meat Store, Pantry and Cellar, and will be led by one the National Trust’s knowledgeable volunteer guides. Enjoy a glass of Mrs Beeton’s House-made lemonade upon arrival.


$4 Adult

Free entry for National Trust Members, concession card holders, and children (4-15 years)

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Entry to the mansion is via guided tour at an additional $5 per person. Mansion tour times and tickets available from the Gatehouse

Planning your visit


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC


May to August 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
September to April 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
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Guided house tours are subject to volunteer availability and run half hourly from 10.30am to 3.00pm.
Garden tours run on select days at 11am and 2pm.


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